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Address: 7295 Young St, Machipongo, VA 23405-1725
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Revisit old friend !!!

If you want to know what the Eastern Shoe is all about, this is the place to start !!! It is family friendly, the staff is fun and involved in the daily life of the center...What... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Lawrence S
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you want to know what the Eastern Shoe is all about, this is the place to start !!! It is family friendly, the staff is fun and involved in the daily life of the center...What a place to go back in time, from the local watermen,their families, along with the wealthy who hunted and fished in a world that... More 

Thank Lawrence S
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Learned so much about early life on the Eastern Shore. A very hardy people, who overcame the elements to survive. Lots of exhibits of old time implements for harvesting the bounty of the sea.

1 Thank Joe M
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Looking for something to do that's FREE. Yes, FREE! It's educational and It doesn't take alot of time. For years I've been coming to the Eastern Shore (ES) for business and going through to head north. I never took the time to stop and see what the ES had to offer. Well this year I did! I decided to take... More 

3 Thank Nurseviv24
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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79 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here while visiting Cape Charles. It's right on rt. 13 and easily accessible to anyone driving by. It was so much more impressive than I expected from a small town museum. The upstairs is divided into rooms that are decorated in a way to make you feel as if you are in a hunting lodge or Victorian hotel.... More 

2 Thank Stephanie S
Kernersville, North Carolina
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36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

Amazing museum full of interesting history and artifacts from the local area. Building itself is a fabulous piece of history, you can just imagine the all the wonderful people who lived there during the years it was a almshouse. Wonderful video about the lives of the last remaining barrier island inhabitants. Lots of great pieces that were rescued from some... More 

3 Thank AndrewF-Irl
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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711 reviews
336 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

We stopped here on our way from the Outer Banks to Chincoteague. Very nice musem. Short movie about the lives of people who had once lived on the islands. Lots of informative displays. Very friendly and helpful staff.

1 Thank Tom B
Salisbury, United States
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

This place breathes life into the past. It is not your typical boring museum. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and the displays are well designed and interesting. Can't wait to bring the grandchildren here as they will love it!

2 Thank John and Angel T
Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
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77 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016

The Barrier Islands Center is a hidden gem and a wonderful part of the community. They're dedicated to preserving the memories of the people that lived on the barrier islands off the Eastern Shore of VA until the mid 1930's. They feature wonderful videos and an incredible display of historical artifacts. The wall are decorated with fabulous pictures by aerial... More 

1 Thank Jim G
Richmond, Virginia
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375 reviews
229 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2016

We have been visiting the Virginia Eastern Shore for 20+ years. We have driven past the Barrier Islands Center (BIC) dozens of times, never stopping. It was only recently, with a couple of hours to "kill," that we stopped by the BIC. And, now, we will revisit and revisit and revisit. The first thing that you absolutely must do is... More 

3 Thank urbanguy
Machipongo, Virginia
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016

The Barrier Island Center represents the lives of the people who settled and worked the land. To understand the area, spend time with a docent and watch the films. Appreciate, also, the commitment to the present citizens through educational activities for all ages. A stop here allows one to see the water and land with a different perspective.

2 Thank DoctorNana

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